Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Ravynn (Canada) on 06/11/2014

My almost 2 year old dog has gotten an ear infection (yeast) over the past few months. Today I've been really trying to get to the root of the problem and seeing if there are any home remedies to help him considering we cannot afford the vet exam which is absolutely required to get ear drops. He is currently eating Dog Chow and has hot dogs as a treat.

I noticed this food has whole wheat corn and wheat grains as well as chicken by-product, etc.

He has scabs in his ear from scratching them so much, he has greasy fur directly in the middle of his ear canal with wax, ears stink and they're red. He is a very nervous dog so anytime we even try to lift his ear he will try to run away, and sometimes he will scratch and cry.

I'll also add - he definitely has the floppy ear going on.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
Hey Ravynn!

The diet you are feeding your dog is the equivalent to doggy junk food; you need to feed him better quality groceries to help resolve his yeasty condition. Look at this site or find others to help choose a better quality diet for your dog:

You also need to clean your dog's ears. Get a helper, get a muzzle, and address your dog's yeasty ears. Read up at EC's ear infection page and consider the olive oil and garlic infusion to start:

It may help to use a tweezers or hemostat to pull the hair out from the ear canal; grab a few hairs with the hemostat, rotate to wrap the hair around the device and then pull out; this typically is not painful for your dog and will allow air to circulate into the ear canal and allow any treatments to penetrate better.

If this were my dog I would also alkalize his drinking water by adding baking soda. Some dogs are fussy about baking soda, some don't notice, and some take to it if you build it up gradually. So you can try adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to one half liter of water; if this proves distasteful to your dog you can try 1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water and build it up gradually once your dog is used to the taste. Ideally your dog would drink the stronger dose of baking soda for 5-7 days and then you would drop down to one half teaspoon in 1 liter of water as an ongoing maintenance dose.

Posted by Stephanie (Crapo, Md Usa) on 06/09/2014

My 6 yr old Jack Russell has always licked/chewed his feet raw and red but over the past yr it's spread all over his body his skin is red his fur is falling out. You can't touch his ears without him crying, he's losing weight and smells yeasty. I used to give him benadryl because the vet said it was an outdoor allergy when it was his feet, but there was a show on the news that said that does nothing for dogs. He used to eat Purina Little Bites and now eats Purina Dog Chow.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
Hey Stephanie!

Many people feed Purina dog chow - however the regular dog chow and the little bites are entirely corn based and contain no actual meat of any sort; this is true of most of their diets. They have a top end line - Purina ONE, that actually contains real chicken - and some people I know have fed this with good result.

Dog food reps will tell you there is nothing wrong with feeding a dog corn, however the sort of corn that goes into most dog food is usually the bottom of the barrel, least nutritious part of the corn kernel. Some folks feel dogs are carnivores [meat only] and some feel they are omnivores [eat plant and meat] but most agree that feeding a dog grain is just bad. So, if you do only 1 thing, I would advise you to radically change your dog's diet as grain based diets have been directly linked to allergies, bad skin, and a jacked immune system.

What you can do right now to help your dog is to bath him in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-Staph solution. You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]


Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well, and then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible. I allow it to drain and when the bath tub is empty I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put him in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.

If this were my dog I would also alkalize his drinking water by adding baking soda. Some dogs are fussy about baking soda, some don't notice, and some take to it if you build it up gradually. So you can try adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to one half liter of water; if this proves distasteful to your dog you can try 1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water and build it up gradually once your dog is used to the taste. Ideally your dog would drink the stronger dose of baking soda for 5-7 days and then you would drop down to one half teaspoon in 1 liter of water as an ongoing maintenance dose.

Again - change the diet. Use this as one source to help you rate any diet you are considering:

Next, alkalize the water with baking soda, and finally, bathe your dog in Ted's solution - do this daily if need be if that is what it takes to provide your dog relief. Then, give it some time - 3 weeks - and report back.

Posted by Margie (Mt. Pleasant, Pa) on 05/18/2014

Can anyone recommend a holistic treatment for my 4 year old German Shepherd? He has chronic yeast infection of his ears and gets worse because his ears get wet during our walks with snow in winter and rain in spring and swimming in summer. Rocky will not allow for me to touch his ears to clean or put drops in now that he is an adult. I was wondering if yogurt or something natural that I would give him orally would help? His diet consists of Acana Wild Prairie and raw bones/meat. He also eats raw pumpkin if he has any stomach upsets which occur infrequently. He is a King Shepherd and weighs 184 pounds.

Thanks you for any advice..Margie

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
Hey Margie!

In my experience chronic ear issues are the result one or all of these conditions: airborne alleries, yeast overgrowth in the GI tract , and or vertebral subluxation at C1 or C2.

One approach would be to add probiotics to Rocky's diet to address yeast over growth in the GI tract. A very good holistic vet would use applied kinnesiology to determine which type of probiotic was indicated for Rocky, however the 'cook book' or 'hit or miss' approach - dosing him with whatever type of acidophillus you have available to you might do the trick; the key with this approach would be to rotate the types or species of acidophillus that you feed him so he is exposed to as many strains as possible with the hope that you eventually feed the strain he is lacking that will then consume the yeast in his GI tract.

Perhaps a simpler approach at addressing yeast over growth would be to add epsom salt, borax and baking soda to his drinking water. Paraphrased from Ted: Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection - and sometimes despite the best nutrition out there we will experience an individual that for some reason is deficient in a mineral such as boron. If the dog is low in magnesium quite often allergies will arise. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.

And, you might consider taking Rocky to a doggy chiropractor. As with human infants delivered via forcepts, the C-1 vertabra is taken out of alignment, resulting in chronic ear infections in the infant. When the infants are adjusted, the ear issues resolve completely. It's possible that during a rough and tumble puppyhood Rocky may have gotten the C-1 misaligned or subluxated. If the simpler approaches to curing his ears fail, you might consider taking him to the doggy chiro.

Finally, I urge you to seek the assistance of a trainer so that you can gain Rocky's cooperation in treating his ears. A 184 pound dog with an owner who cannot groom him properly = misery for Rocky. While the remedies provided are effective, they can take a few days to work; during these few days the dog in the mean time scratches the back of his ears raw creating a secondary bacterial infection of the skin that will also need to be treated. An OTC topical product 'Zymox Otic' while not 100% natural and organic, has provided relief from very painful ears for my pack by relatively quickly quelling the pain and itch - but these drops need to be flushed into the ear to work.

Posted by Amy (Deptford, Nj ) on 05/18/2014

I have a 4 1/2 year old GSD who has got a yeast infection between back legs and butt. Been to the vet about 6 times in one month with this matter. Topical and oral meds, still has it. I'm stressing now. Been wearing cone so he doesn't lick. He is on blue Buffalo chicken wilderness dry and eats some table food and treats daily.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
Hey Amy!

You might try treating the area topically with 1 part of water to 2 parts MOM and saturate the spot to kill off any bacterial infection going on.

Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component - and sounds like you do - you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit/pending the results you get.

Posted by Claudia
Just a lurker here, a newbie. confused by acronyms...what is "MOM"

EC: MOM = Milk of Magnesia

Posted by Denise (Medford Ma) on 02/22/2014

Hi, my beagal keeps on getting yeast infections in his ears. He couldn't even get his ears cleaned at the groomers he cried. I feed him Iams

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
Hey Denise!

Iams is a grain based diet; while some dogs will do fine on it, others can be allergic or sensitive to a grain based diet - and judging from the recurring ear issues it would appear your dog is one of them.

So, if this were my dog I would switch his diet to a grain free one. That would be step one.

Next, for super painful ears I like ZYMOX - buy online; it contains some steroid to help with the pain and inflamation, and also has enzymatic digesters.

For the time being, for immediate action, help sooth your dog's painful infected ears with an infusion of garlic and olive oil. I use 1 cup of olive oil and press 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic; let sit over night, and then strain out the garlic. Warm the oil to body temperature before using, and slather the oil deep into his ears. Do this 2-3 times a day, for 3-4 days - or until the ears have healed and are no longer raw and sore. Next follow up with cleaning them. IMHO nothing beats the ear cleaner you buy from the vet - but using a home prepared vineagar rinse will get you results also. Mix 1 cup warm water, 1 cup isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup vinegar. Some use only raw, unfiltered, unpasturized, 'with the mother' Apple cider vinegar - however for this purpose I would not hesitate to use white vinegar, ie the cheap stuff. Make sure the solution is warm and then liberally flush the ears. Hold the ear flap up, add the solution, massage at the base of the ear and then let him shake it out. Do this 2-3 times for each ear, or until you see that its clean. It may take doing this for a few days in a row. Again, use this once you have the infection under control otherwise adding alcohol and vinegar to raw, open wounds in the ear will hurt like crazy.

Now, it may help to alkalize your dog's water to help combat the yeast by normalizing your dog's PH. To start put 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give for 4-7 days, and then do a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon thereafter.

Its important to stay on top of your dog's ears - check them daily to see if they are healthy or if an infection is developing. Often frequent cleanings will nip an infection in the bud. But most critical, change the diet to combat the yeast from the inside out.

Posted by Robby (Tulsa Ok) on 02/08/2014

My Bulldog keeps getting yeast infections on her body and in her ears. We feed her Taste of the Wild salmon

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
Hey Robby!

I feel your pain and share your burden: I have bullies also! And it sure seems like this time of year their allergies are triggered :(

You might consider rotating proteins - so TOTW Salmon, then next bag the Prairie formula, then next bag the poultry formula and so on. I tend to avoid salmon formulas as the source is most likely farmed and many hormones are added to get the fish ready for harvesting in a short time; this has shown to be related to reproductive issues in dogs - FYI.

For ears, while home remedies for ears are great for most breeds, as you know bulldawgs are stubborn, and so are the conditions that affect their ears. Hands down ZYMOX is the shizzel; I order mine off the internet and I use the ear cleaner I buy from my vet.

And, when dealing with yeast you are dealing with the symptom of a larger issue - so yeast inside is manifesting as yeasty ears or skin on the outside. Consider adding probiotics to your dogs diet. Since an over abundance of one strain of 'good' bacteria can cause imbalances in the gut, I rotate and use one bottle of one type, ie DDS with FOS, then switch to another bottle of another type, ie PB8- and so on. I get the human grade from the cooler at the health food store and don't bother with the doggy formulas that sit out on the open shelf.

Do watch the treats; no grocery store chews or treats with artificial coloring agents; consider making any treats at home so you know for sure what goes in to them. I give my dogs cubes of cheese - white cheese only, no annatto, and I feed beef rib bones as chews and their teeth are beautiful. Ask your butcher for beef ribs - the 'waste' ribs from the rib-eye steak - and cut those into ribsicles and then bake at 350 for 30 minutes; this leaves the bone raw inside, the meat near the bone rare and the outside brown and tasty [so say my dogs]. Don't feed a meaty bone near kibble time as the extra protein will give them loose stools; you might even consider simply feeding 1-2 bones as 1 meal.

I find Ted's remedies work well for my pack. I have not yet found something that will halt a hive break out in its tracks - but if your dog has hives around the tail [and she is not pregnant] you might consider Calamine lotion for quick relief.

This is my allergy plan based on Ted's remedies for my pack during allergy season:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups


  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.


Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some un-dissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.


Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. I will do this dip 2-3 times the first week when allergies hit and skin starts to get itchy and yeasty. If that doesn't seem to be working and things do not look better [many dogs feel immediate relief right out of the tub on the first dip] you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution


Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. I have many dogs and when allergy season hits I mix this up in gallon jugs and follow the mange procedure, letting the solution 'work' on the dog for 10 minutes or so in the tub, and then no toweling off, just crating and allowing to air dry.

Additionally you can add pet vitamins, ie Pet Tabs - for a week, along with flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil; you can also try flaxseed oil and coconut oil - 1 -2 tsp am and pm in the food; you should see improvement in a couple of days. Probiotics [as mentioned above] and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin - do this for about a week. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.

Posted by Donna Veal (Kingston, Tennessee) on 03/17/2013

I have two English Bulldogs. Mollie and Zoey. They are liter-mates and are 3 yrs old. They're big dogs. 76lb and 67lbs.

I took them to the Vet with sympoms that I was unfamilar with... Hair was falling out, strange odor, itchy.. Vet diagnosed them with Yeast Infections. Gave them both 3 pills to take 2x daily. Antibiotic and Fluconazole. That was 2 months and a week ago. She also gave them a shampoo to use. Bathe 1x per week. They were getting better.. THEN we had to go back to vet 2wks ago for check up. They were off the antibotic pill for 3 days, still taking Fluconazole tho, and the yeast came back with a Vengeance! I couldn't believe how fast. Imediately Zoey had moistness and reddness between her paws and ears. Mollie had raw, moist reddening places on her face and both started itching terribly!! Vet put them back on same meds. Same shampoo. BUT changed them food. She suggested they have developed allergies to foods. I got a specialized food at Vet for them. BUT, after reading many post here on Earth Clinic I wonder if this is best. Vet tells me I shouldn't give them any proteins, meat, cheese, egg products. I am forced to give their meds in Greenies Pill Pockets, all natual meat cuz they wont take them otherwise. However, now, Zoey doesn't want the pill pockets any more. She also now is rejecting the new food.

I need help! I'm confused on what to do. This has been 2wks on this new food and more meds and they don't seem to be getting better. We shampooed last night. However, I just now ordered some shampoo on Ebay suggested by another poster here, called D10 dog shampoo.

I'm ready to get this thing under control!! Naturally. I'm getting fed up.

I'm willing to try the natural Greek yogurt, Vinegar (if I can swing it) Not sure how that'll go over in their water, but I'm willing to try! I need to know how much to give dogs of my size. Cuz they're hefty girls! I'll buy a different dog food. Unsure if I can go straight to raw meat, but I'm not ruling it out. What about this Acidophilus? Is that milk or tablets? Where can I get that?

As far as the food? Grain free is best? Suggestions?

Thanks for any and ALL ideas and help. My darling dogs will be ever so grateful. As will I be happy to have them healed, not to mention the CRAZY Vet fees are killing me.

Posted by Harleywrecked (Leeds, Me, Usa) on 11/17/2012

I have a 12 year old dachshund who has had a history of disk problems and has been on steroids and NSAIDs, antibiotics and Benadryl repeatedly. I am pretty certain now that what we are dealing with is a yeast issue. It started last march. My vet had put her on hills ID and prednisone and she started breaking out. I thought it was a food allergy to the hills. They said seasonal allergy or contact allergy. I knew it wasn't.

Then I thought it might be neuropathy causing her to chew on herself. But gabapentin did not offer any relief. She has the smell, the black crusty looking skin, loss of hair, constant licking chewing digging ect. Problem is last May she had a severe attack of pancreatitis and had to be hospitalized. So I have to be so careful about her pancreas as that could be fatal. Every food that I have read about for yeast issues seems too high fat content for a dog with pancreatic concerns. I have been feeding her hamburg and rice or pasta. I stopped both rice and pasta and am giving her farm fresh organic beef and string beans, but I think it is too high fat and not enough nutrition. She is constantly trying to eat dirt. What can I feed her???? please help. In the meantime I am treating the skin and have ordered the shampoo.

Posted by Nicole (Wyckoff, Nj, Usa) on 10/16/2012

I have a 4 1/2 year old female English Bulldog who is relatively healthy except for a congenital defect (recessed vulva) which gives her recurring UTI infections throughout her life. She has had at least 12 infections which have been cleared up with various antibiotics. I give her daily cranberry powder, greek yogurt, and coconut oil which seems to help somewhat. Lately, she has a reddish brown sercretions from her eyes, tail pocket area, vulva area and in between her paws. Around the same time she has a patch under her neck with no fur and red skin.

The vet put her on an anti fungal which is not really working. I feed her twice a day wet and dry food. The dry food (which she has been on for at least 3 years) is Natural Balance Grain Free Sweet Potato and Fish and the wet food is Nature's Variety Instinct Lamb (I switched from Canidae Lamb and Rice because the local stores no longer carry it). Turkey, Chicken, Venison, and Duck don't agree with her so Lamb and Salmon seems to be the best. I have tried the raw diet with her and that completely does not agree with her. I feel like she has a systemic yeast infection and don't know how to fix this. I was thinking about putting her on a cooked diet of Lamb and Vegetables so I don't know if that will help. Also, I know a lot of the posts recommend baths but she is allergic to all soaps and becomes very red and itchy and rips her skin scratching. Usually, I just soak her in epsom salts and that works well.. Any suggestions or experiences about what this could be from? Is it from the anit biotics or food. She really seems ot be suffering and licking herself constacnlty so I really would like to try to heal this!

Posted by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa
Start using organic Apple Cider Vinegar ("ACV"). Put a tablespoon, full-strength, in your dog's food and mix it all up. Read the other posts under "Dogs: Yeast Infection Remedies" here on EC. There are quite a few recommendations in these posts, e.g. , stopping any starches that turn into sugar, etc. , etc.

Posted by Nicki (Boston, Ma) on 09/23/2012

This site had been so helpful!

I have a full pit who has been suffering from allergies over the past couple of years. She has been to the vets on every type of diet, was on meds at one point.

The vets don't seem to know what she is allergic too! My boyfriend has had her since she was a puppy and did not have these issues at first he's spent 1000 of dollars and was at a lost- I started her on quality natures instinct salmon food and she was okay for a bit- there was just too many ingridenta in that brand I have been slowly switching to raw she seems to be allergic to poultry beef. I have been feeding her benson which is tough finically but it seems to be the only thing she doesn't react to. I've been giving her yogurt and vegetables and was doing garlic until I've read mixed things about it being safe.

Long story short her ears are a mess! They are dry and black and clean out dark discharge daily and they smell I belive this is yeast! Under her arms too and her body breaks out here and here in red irration. I've done the Apple Cider Vinegar but I was wonderig does it look worse right after before it gets better? I soaked her feet in 50/50 they are also irritated and swollen and she licks at them consult Ben after the ACV She of course doesn't seem to mind the taste! I've found some natural remedies for ear wash but not sure if it's helping! Does this get worse before it gets better she looked so red and just wanted to roll all around after the bath. I also used tea tree shampoo an didnt wondering if anyone else has used coconut oil with success? Please help she is sometimes scratching herself to bleed I feel so bad for her and Don't know what else to try! Does the pill or liquid form of probiotic in yogurt work better over yogurt? I'm afraid to keep doing the Apple Cider Vinegar bc she seemed to or ratted after, I did put a tblsp in her water. Any advice I'd greatly appreciate it!!

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.
Nicki; Why not try the mange treatments? It's all natural and can't hurt.. I did and it works great. Good luck

Posted by Jen (St. Paul, Minnesota) on 08/24/2012

My 5 year old cocker spaniel has been suffering from a skin yeast infection ever since her vet gave her a lyme disease vaccination last year (despite my telling them not to). She breaks out in itchy patches on her back and belly that look like scabs with red skin underneath. After taking her to the vet several times for pills and medicated shampoo with no results, I have decided to look for natural remedies.

It has been 5 days now and I have switched her to grain-free dog food, added acidophilus tablets daily before meals, bathe her every afternoon in medicated (oatmeal-free) shampoo, and follow with a 50/50 white vinegar and water rinse and a coating of coconut oil on red spots. Her hair seems to be falling out in clumps worse than before, but the flakes seem to be more on top the fur than on the skin now, and her skin seems very red. Just wondering if this is a sign of improvement, or am I just making her worse? I think I will try to continue this combination of treatments for another week and a half then reassess the situation and if I am making it worse, take her back to the vet--although I am really sick of paying the vet bills and not getting anything but medications that don't seem to help.

Posted by Wonda (Gray, Georgia, Us) on 08/22/2012

I have a 6 year old Maltese that weighs 6 pounds. We have been to three veterinarians for her problems. About 4 years ago she started itching and scratching really bad. They put her on prescription dog food ( purina HA), prescription shampoo and every antibiotic and steroids. She has been on Soloxine, Clavamox Dexmethasone injectrion, , neo/poly v/dexopthalmis sol, convenia inj., SMZ, BAYRIL, AMPICILLIN, gentamicin, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, penicillin g Hydroxyzine and Depomedrol. She would get better for about a month or two and it comes back again.

I had allergy testing done and was told all that she was allergic to. She would get a monthly shot with the serum for allergies. She also had a thyroid test and has low thyroid and is on Soloxin twice a day. The allergy shots did not help so they stopped the shots and put her on prednisone and atopica. I took her to another Dr. And they took her off of the prednisone, atopica and prescription dog food and put her on ground beef and green beans. He also changed her shampoo to Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo, but she still has to get antibiotic shots to help her with the infection.

She is no longer on any meds except for the solaxine for thyroid and the bp shampoo. She still has very pink skin and scratching on her sides and back. She is biting on her front feet but they do not have sores nor is she loosing hair on them. She scoots on the floor because she is red on her privates. Sometime she will get sores on her mouth and her eyes will get infection in them. I was thinking maybe she has a yeast infection but she does not smell. She does not drink much water. Her hair is not oily. She has like I said real pink skin which has a red rash on it. She will get little pin sores in spots sometime which will look like a blister and then will pop and will turn into a sore. The veteran said she has allergies and sometimes it turns into staph. I have been putting the hydrogen peroxide (1 cp), white vinegar (1 cp) and water (1 gallon) rinse on her daily for about a week. I have been giving her one acidophilus pill (Providing 40 million colony forming units at the time of manufacture. XTRA Premium Blend ® (40,000,000 CFU**) 3.7 mg), a fish oil (1000 mg with natural omega-3) every other day. Two table spoons of natural plane yogurt and one men's one a day vitamin. I am spending about $150.00 monthly on vet bills. Please someone help. if you have any ideas my email address is wscprad(at)

on 08/22/2012

My shih tzu keeps getting chronic yeast/bacteria infections in his ears! He likes to lick his feet alot also! So tired of vet visits, ear wash and ear meds! We have always fed grain free but have changed from duck to salmon now. I feed him Fromm dry kibble salmon tunalini and Evo wet food venison. Things were better for awhile but starting back up! :( not sure what to do? Change food again or what? Vet suggested I may need go try hpoallergenic food and maybe test his thyroid?

Posted by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa
To everyone: Please do your research on this site and other sites before you post questions. There are numerous posts already made by people that offer great advice and recommendations.

Concerning this poster's question about yeast infections check out this EC link:

Posted by Sheilah (Rolla, Mo, USA) on 05/28/2012

After 3 full years of treating my shih tzu (age 12 now), for "allergies" and poor tear production, (which has been documented), her poor eyes have just gottten worse and worse. The vets just kept treating with anitboitics and eye drops (I use Restasis on her anyway for her tears) but she is just getting worse, and now spreading to other areas of her poor body. I did my research, (I am an RN, but not an animal nurse, lol) and called the vet and asked if I could try an anti fungal on her. They prescribed her keticonazole 1/2 tab and told me it may take a few rounds as bad as she has it. I pray it helps her. She is on day 3 and I already see improvement.

I am so open to any further suggestions, and mainly, I also have a Ragdoll cat and another younger shih tzu that scratches all the time, but has NO BUGS WHATSOEVER on her, (thank u frontline). Can this yeast be contagious and should I, at the least, be treating my other shih tzu. She is only 6 years old but is constantly scratching her face and paws, but is not losing hair around her eyes as my Ally is, and Ally has the yuckiest green bugers coming out of her right eye that then hardens if I dont remove it asap. I just want her to be comfortable. The best I got from the vet was to give her oatmeal baths. Im no genius, but I really have never heard of oatmeal treating yeast. I know it helps the itching, but I shaved her very close and found multiple hot spots on her and then her skin turned VERY GREASY the very next day with the worst odor ever.

Any advice would be most welcome. Feel free to email me at my personal email at sheilah(at) and thank you for any feedback you can provide. I just found this website and I love it! have a wonderful Memorial Weekend everyone! sheila :) <3

Posted by Sandi From Texas
Caldwell, Texas, Usa
2 Posts
Sandi from Texas: My dog, Button, suffered with yeast infection for years. She was on predisone and keticonazole. She was fine as long as she was taking the drugs, but as soon as we started to wean her off them, her symptoms returned. After several years of this, her liver enzymes were extremely high and we had to discontinue the keticonazole. I gave her Milk Thistle Extract to bring her liver enzymes back to normal and started her on Olive Leaf Extract for the fungal infections. The Olive Leaf worked wonders on the yeast infections. Unfortunately, about one year later she developed renal failure due to a tumor on her kidney and we lost her approximately one month ago.

Posted by Aurora (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/14/2012

My 3 1/2 year old golden retriever has had a yeast infection of the vulva for two years; she literally "attacks" herself twice a day to the point where she runs in circles pulling out her tail feathers and cries with giant tears! She eats no grains (only meat and veggies) and the only fruit she has is a few goji berries and a rare bite of apple; we've tried both cooked and raw diets as well as ACV (orally and topically) in addition to doing peroxide and baking soda rinses. Also, she is extremely high alkaline and when most dogs damage the lawn from urination, my dog makes it grow greener! We're not interested in anything but holistic approaches, and some of the herbs we've tried are: Pau d Arco, oregano, turmeric, Nzymes, Syclovir (plankton). Also, in spite of her healthy, 100% organic and free-range diet, she eats grass daily.

I'm desperate to help her and plan to try CSilver and GSE next, but would LOVE some advice to see if there are other options we should be considering. Thank you!

Posted by Looneygirl
Houston, Texas, Usa
6 Posts
Have you tried deluted DMSO? Please read up on this product and do a test patch on your dog before applying it external or giving it internally. I bought a bottle a couple of months ago from the farm supply and the bottle is almost empty. I have used it on me and the dog. Its good for sore muscles to skin issues and is very drying so I thought it may help with the yeast infection but my dogs yeast infections are on other parts of the body. I educated myself a bit and actually tested it on me first. I have used me & the dog around private parts but not directly on where your pet is having the yeast problem. For the past year I have been fighting hot spots & large sore due to demo mites and/or food allergy or both. These sores get larger than a quarterwhich get sencondary yearst or bacterica infections.

Now I put DMSO full strenth on them when I find them a few times a week and also use Ted's borox/perocide mix which also dries out the skin. which get sencondary yearst or bacterica infections. All of this has been verfied by my vet and I have learned to treat them my self instead of calling her and getting antibotics. DMSO is very drying and has a host of side effects and besides drying the skin out most are good side effects. My dog no longer has bald spots anywhere. She had grey with bacteria/yeast growing from red mange infections and I swear hair starting growing in 2 days. I thought the skin problems were over but since spring arrived she is getting hot spots again with yeast infections on her back/rump. She is a German Shepard with hair so thick back there I finally figured out it does not fully dry out after a bath or skin treatments. I blow dry with warm/cool air & put drops of DMSO on the sore and it is gone in 2 days. I also treated myself for mites and the home just incase. Not that I want facial hair at age 52 but I swear by this DMSO. I used it on my face a few times and it will clean out damage hair folicals and stuff that had been in my skin I guess for years no matter how much you scrub.

I have also used this on my neighbors dogs bald spots one with hormone problems and the ohter with wear spots from sleeping in the kennal. Both are growing hair again. I think the husband is ready to use this stuff on his head now. LOL. Let me know if you need some links but all you got to do is google it and read past the FDA/negative promo. I will never be with out this DMSO stuff in my home again. P. S. Beware of the sulfur smell it will produce when used in or on the body. Its worth the stink.

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